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tech reviews Updated: Mar 23, 2010 03:00 IST
Siddharth Bhatia
Siddharth Bhatia
Hindustan Times

Asus, a Taiwan-based multi-national corporation was one of the first to adopt the Pinetrail platform that released earlier in the year. Here’s what their brand new little netbook — the EeePC 1005P is like.

Bling design
The look of the model is all gloss. Even the interior wrist rest isn’t spared, which means that fingerprints will set up camp on your netbook. The glossy touchpad is dotted to increase finger grip. The power button is a continuous silver strip. The keyboard extends from edge-to-edge, and is quite spacious and easy to use. It’s almost full size, and has large and uncramped ‘Shift’ and ‘Enter’ keys. The ‘Pg Up’ and ‘Pg Dn’ keys are integrated in the ‘Function’ key, which makes the keyboard neat.

You have your regular suite of three USB ports. The rest of the jingbang includes 10/100 LAN port, Stereo Audio in, Card reader slot, Mini VGA and DC power in. This model comes with Asus Express Gate, accessible by a button on top of the keyboard. Asus Express Gate is a light Operating System to bypass Windows when they want to use certain Internet applications like Skype. It has a very simple User Interface designed with large icons and has a super fast response.

At an MOP price of Rs 20,975, this model is priced quite reasonably compared to other new Pinetrail models. The CPU performance did not disappoint us in any way, and the battery is the real hero here — we got a reading of 10 hours 13 minutes.
Looks wise it’s alright. Its keyboard ergonomics are better than average. We’d recommend it for its simplicity and performance, and a really long battery life.



Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Starter
Display: 10.1” LED Backlight WSVGA Screen (1024x600)
Intel CPU and Chipset: Intel Atom N450 1.66 GHZ, 512 cache, Intel NM10
Graphics: Integrated
GMA 3150
Memory: DDR2 1GB
Storage: 250GB2.5” SATA2 HDD 5400rpm
Camera: 1.3M pixels
Input / Output: 1 x Mini VGA Connector; 3 USB 2.0 ports; 1 LAN RJ-45; 2 Audio Jack (Headphone/Mic-in)
Card reader: MMC/SD(SDHC)
Battery: 6 cell Li-polymer battery
Dimensions: 10.31 x7.01 x1.02 inches
Weight: 1.27 kg